Exchange program

We work with schools located in Reims, Lille, Lyon and their areas. Bordeaux might start soon

Why go to France?

  • To discover a new country and a new culture
  • To meet new people
  • To improve your French skills
  • To live a wonderful experience at the other end of the World

Why choose Almost French?

We are a serious registered company based in Melbourne, Australia.

Almost French was started to help students build their knowledge through exchange programs between Australia and France.

Almost French is run by a small group of French and Australian teachers.

One of the reasons why we decided to create Almost French was to offer Australian students the opportunity to go to France and discover a wonderful culture while improving their French.

In using exchange programs in the past we have found them expensive and out of reach for most students. As such we began Almost French to provide a better value option for students without sacrificing quality.

We have built a network of contacts and private schools in France providing a safe and enjoyable French experience.

Almost French is focused on quality, reliability and great service. Our goal is to deliver a trusted and affordable service. From sourcing the host families to developing the travel plans, we ensure our service is second to none

Our goal is that students go in the best conditions and that is why we only organise a small number of exchange every year.

The most important thing for us is to find you a family that is similar to yours and an exchange student who has similar taste to make sure that you get along well.

If you have a problem Almost French has a person responsible in France and in Australia to help you.

exchange students at airport

Who can go on exchange?

The exchange is for any young person motivated (this is the key to a good exchange).

Students who take part in the exchange are normally in year 10 or year 11 and have between 15 and 17 years old.

Girls welcome girls and boys welcome boys.

Priority is given to students who apply for an exchange; however there is a possibility to welcome a French student without going to France.

Where are you going?

Our exchange schools are located in Reims, Lille and Lyon.

Reims is a city with 300 000 people and Reims is only 45 minutes from Paris by TGV. Reims is in the Champagne area.

Lille is only an hour from Paris by TGV and one of the biggest cities in France (north). The schools we work with are very serious.

Lyon is the second biggest city in France after Paris, it is only 2hours by train from Paris and it is famous for its gastronomy.

When and how long for?

The group of Australian students leaves early December, dates are flexible and everything can be arranged, just talk to us.

The French students arrive in June/July for 5 weeks and the Australian students go for 5 weeks in December/January.
Your host will be in Melbourne during your July holidays and your family is expected to include him/her in any activity/trip planned. It will be the same when you go, you will be 3 weeks at school and 2 weeks on holidays with your host family over Christmas.

Exchange Students getting to know each other


Who are you going with?

Students from Australia will normally travel together to France and an adult part of Almost French will accompany the group and be the contact during the stay.

We only use reliable and well-known airlines.

What is included in the price?

The price includes:

  • Airplane tickets return Melbourne-Paris
  • An adult to accompany and support the group of Australians in France
  • Airport taxes
  • Access to the French school
  • Finding you a family (police check compulsory)
  • Travel insurance
  • Welcome and Pick up at Paris Airport by your host family
  • An international prepaid phone card
  • A representative of Almost French in both countries

For cost information, please contact us by email at or by phone at 0414 456 062.

How to apply?

Application date close in March. Limited places available!

Contact us to get the application form and more details.